AR/VR Simulator for Plant Personnel Training

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Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmaceutical Technology-03-02-2018, Volume 42, Issue 3
Pages: 12

Honeywell has developed a cloud-based simulation tool that uses a combination of augmented reality and virtual reality to train plant personnel.

Honeywell’s cloud-based simulation tool uses a combination of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to train plant personnel.  The tool, Honeywell Connected Plant Skills Insight Immersive Competency, can be used to bring new industrial workers up to speed quickly by enhancing training in a contemporary way.

The training solution combines mixed reality with data analytics to create an interactive environment for on-the-job training. It uses Microsoft’s HoloLens, a self-contained holographic computer, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets to simulate various scenarios for the company’s C300 controller--such as primary failure and switchovers, cable, and power supply failure--that train and test personnel on their skills.

Specific job activities are simulated through virtual environments accessed through the cloud. According to the company, trainees can safely experience the impacts of their decisions similar to a flight simulator. This approach improves skill retention versus traditional training methods by up to 100% and reduces the length of technical training by up to 66%, as stated by the company. Additionally, the employees’ training progress is tracked as part of a formal competency management system.